This £29 Dior Beauty Buy Is A Summer Essential

Plus more information on Dior's exciting new sustainability initiative

Credit: Iakovos Kalaitzakis for Christian Dior Parfums

by Annie Vischer |

Last week the fashion world's eyes were trained on cruise collections worldwide and as it happens the beauty world was too. You can always count on the free creative rein afforded by cruise collection briefs to serve up some seriously aspirational looks and this year Dior's Cruise 2022 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri look was no exception. Lead by the legendary make-up artist and creative and image director for Dior make-up, Peter Philips, the make-up teams - this year based in Athens - delivered glowing skin, soft, diffused eye looks and a peppering of pearls, all of which wowed beauty editors the world over. The eyes took centre stage in this look. Needless to say we couldn't let a momentous occasion like Dior's Cruise 2022 collection show pass by without mining make-up guru Peter Philips for more information. Here's what we found out:

Credit: Iakovos Kalaitzakis for Christian Dior Parfums
©Credit: Iakovos Kalaitzakis for Christian Dior Parfums

Peter Philips On The Dior Cruise 2022 Eye Look

'Eyes were subtly made up using the limited edition 5 Couleurs Couture Cruise 2022 Palette, £50, then emphasised by pearls. The eyes blend the graphisism of the traditional Greek eye, or matiasma, with punk insolence. The look also draws inspiration from the beauty of surrealist art, such as that discovered by the legendary gallerist, Alexandre Iolas.' Peter continues, 'I started on the upper eyelid with nude, sand and gold tones from the 5 Couleurs Couture Cruise 2022 Palette, £50, created exclusively for the collection, then, at the lash like I applied pearls, either all around the entire eye, or a single pearl at the inner and outer corner, or even just a single pearl nestling in the inner corner of the eye. These multiple or discreet pearls add an astonishing touch of light. To finish, I applied a very light coat of Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara in 091 Noir/Black, £29, to the tips of the upper lashes, and I tidied the brows with the Diorshow Kabuki Brow Styler, £23, for a very natural effect.' Peter also added that a a waterproof mascara like Diorshow's Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara, is a summer make-up essential. 'It gives a beautiful finish, beautiful separation and prolongs the lash look during humid, summer days. This mascara is great if you want a natural looking finish, and you can layer it up if you want a bolder look.'

Credit: Iakovos Kalaitzakis for Christian Dior Parfums
©Credit: Iakovos Kalaitzakis for Christian Dior Parfums

Photo Credits: Iakovos Kalaitzakis for Christian Dior Parfums

Dior's New #BeautyAsALegacy And #DiorSustainability Initiatives

'At Dior, we believe that beauty does us good, touches the heart and awakens our emotions, senses, dreams and passions. We believe that beauty is not a question of stereotypical perfection, but that it should be benevolent, inclusive and inspiring,' says Laurent Kleitman, President and CEO at Parfums Christian Dior, and continues, 'Flowers are the beating heart of beauty at Dior, they are sources of endless inspiration of peace, of magic and of precious natural ingredients. We aspire to create products, services and experiences in harmony with the self and others, by acting on issues of eco-responsibility, day after day, with a desire to leave only beauty as a footprint. That was what drove Monsieur Dior. And it is, quite naturally, what has guided us since 1947.'

Parfums Christian Dior has always been committed to sustainability, as well as social and cultural responsibility. For years, Dior has been investing in, and working to maintain the life of traditional professions like glass artists, engravers and gilders, and consciously make a contribution to these professions, each year, through the creation of their perfume bottles. Since 2006, too, the House has been involved in reviving the renowned Grasse region of France - famed for its connection to the world of perfume - through partnerships with female flower producers, and in doing so, the House has been intrinsic in the support of the traditional cultivation of local flowers. The hope is that soon, their harvests will be sufficient to provide all the necessary flowers for the House perfumes sold all over the world. Then there's the House's partnership with Paris' famous Jardin des Tuileries. The House committed to restore and replant la Petite Provence, the planted area near the large fountain designed in the 17th century, by 2022. This year the House of Dior will sponsor an exhibition of the works by French sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel, held in the gardens of the Petit Palais too.

Christian Dior himself once famously remarked, 'When you follow nature you can never go far wrong.' His deep respect for nature is central to the House's respect for the land, plants, flowers and environment as a whole. Most of the House's gardens have already adopted organic cultivation methods and are consciously moving towards the principles of regenerative farming to increase their positive impact on biodiversity. Every Dior garden and field cultivates close links with the local population too, and builds on long-term partnerships and relationships with producers. The House has been a member of the Union For Ethical Biotrade since June 2021 and is committed to continually improving biodiversity and social impact.

Of Dior's latest #BeautyAsALegacy initiative Laurent says 'We want to share our actions on a daily basis, for example by shining a light on our flower producing partners who carry the Grasse revival within them. Or by talking about how our gardens and suppliers of signature ingredients are converting to regenerative farming. Or by sharing our efforts and our hopes with our clients, who are, above all, citizens, as well as with the beauty industry that we want to help transform through our products and our eco-designed sales points.' Stay tuned to the #BeautyAsALegacy hashtag for future updates.

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